Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone or email, both of which are listed below, or on Twitter @AnnagatorB. More examples of her work can be found at grandforksherald.com.
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She started out as a toddler singing "I've Got Friends in Low Places" to her grandparents, but now Jozy Hansen is preparing to possibly sing in front of a much larger audience.
The longtime dean of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has announced plans to retire next year. Bruce Smith, who has served as dean for about 15 years, will retire June 30, 2016. "It's really just a function of age," he said, laughing.
Forget Cabo, Florida or Mexico, a Mayville State University christian campus group is spending their spring break somewhere different. Six student members of Cru, formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ, are spending about a week this March in Warsaw, Poland.
Erik Hanson's first experience signing up for classes at UND didn't go that well. After having an academic advisor walk him through the courses freshmen normally take, he sat down with a student assistant to start signing up online. "The downside to it was that after I got with my student advisor, I looked back at my schedule and realized I had a lot of classes that had nothing to do with my major," he said. Hanson knew he wanted to get involved with the School of Entrepreneurship and already had connections at UND through his older sister, former Student Body Vice President Lexi Hanson.
Lisa Schuster donated to UND for the first time last year and said it was really fulfilling as the outreach coordinator for the UND Alumni Association and Foundation to receive a handwritten thank you note from a student in return. "It was kind of cool to see it come full circle," she said. The note was the result of last year's Spirit Week, which the school is holding again starting Monday.
It was apparent moments into Colleen Argenziano's piano lesson that her three young students were learning from each other. "Can you name the first note?" asked Argenziano, a graduate student...
David Weaver laughs when he describes what he'll be doing after he graduates in May from UND with an engineering degree. "I'll specifically be making eggs for McDonalds, basically," he...
Three finalists have been chosen to fill an open seat on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Alice Hoffert, James Odermann and Mike Ness were unanimously endorsed for the board spot left open by the resignation of former SBHE President Kirsten Diederich last month when her reappointment to the board became the subject of controversy. The new board member -- chosen by Gov.
The Grand Forks County Commission decided to move forward with pursuing a solution to the problem of salary compression even though it hasn't been decided whether the new system will be based on employee performance. Compression happens when less experienced employees are paid as much as those with more experience. Managing Director James Fox of St.
A group of officials and staff from UND's Center for Rural Health in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences is visiting with Native Americans about health care needs at Standing Rock Reservation. The meeting, which is taking place today at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and tomorrow at the reservation, is part of an ongoing effort to educate employees at the center and school about how health care needs can vary at each reservation. "First of all, it's an educational learning experience for staff members to see where our Native American students are from and second of al